Isaac Rose

2009 The Boeing Company Scholarship in Economics Recipient

Biography: Isaac Rose is a third-year Economics major and Public Policy minor. He developed a passion for the study of economics as a middle school student by reading the business section of the New York Times every day and observing what was happening in both businesses and the economy as a whole. Being a student at UCLA has enlivened his passion for the subject, granting him further theoretical and quantitative insight into this complex field. In addition to his studies in the classroom, Isaac has pursued outside interests. He combined his interest and knowledge of both economics and public policy by interning in summer 2009 with the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. He is also the vice chairman of the Wooden Center Board of Governors, a member of the United States Association Finance Committee, a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and works with MasterCard to put on financial literacy seminars.

Future Plans: Isaac’s future plans are to work for the public good in whatever fashion that may take. His current fields of interest range from private equity to consulting to venture capital to governmental financial policy work. While his knowledge and passions are diverse, Isaac is confident that he would like to further pursue his academic interests after UCLA by earning a Master of Business Administration. One of the most important lessons that he has learned in his life is that future plans should always be open to change and that one must be willing to make alterations as new and exciting experiences are presented. Isaac looks forward to what the future has in store and is ready for the new opportunities and experiences that lay ahead.

What does the scholarship mean to me?: I am grateful and honored to be the recipient of the Boeing Company Scholarship in Economics. Boeing’s dedication to academics and its support of college students is commendable and I am thankful for the financial support that it is giving me to help my studies at UCLA. Much like many other families around the country, especially in these rough economic times, paying for college is a burden on my family, and any financial support a university or scholarship can provide is appreciated. I am a firm believer that access to higher education should not be a privilege, but a right, and through scholarship programs like The Boeing Company Scholarship in Economics, more students are granted the opportunity to reach their full potential. In addition to easing the financial burden of going to college, this scholarship is driving me to reach further for greatness and instilling in me a hope that universities and private companies alike can work together to help more students receive a college education.